Establish fishing gear registration programmes
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Mammals may become entangled in lost or abandoned fishing gear resulting in injury or death (Stelfox et al. 2016). Establishing fishing gear registration programmes (e.g. with gear markers displaying vessel, permit or licence numbers) may allow lost or abandoned gear to be traced back to the owner. This may encourage the responsible disposal of gear by fishers and reduce the risk of mammal entanglement.
Stelfox M., Hudgins J. & Sweet M. (2016) A review of ghost gear entanglement amongst marine mammals, reptiles and elasmobranchs. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 111, 6–17.